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HIST 772/872- Studies in Regional Material Culture W, 4:10-6:00 Dr. Kimberly Alexander

An introduction to the theory and methodology of material culture, that is, the study of history through the analysis of buildings, humancreated landscapes, and artifacts made and used in the United States, particularly in New England. This semester, our focus will be on using primary source materials to gather a deeper understanding of the human past. May be repeated for credit with the permission of the graduate director.

Some history-making is intentional; much of it is accidental. People make history when they scale a mountain, ignite a bomb, or refuse to move to the back of the bus. But they also make history by keeping diaries, writing letters, or embroidering initials on linen sheets. History is a conversation and sometimes a shouting match between present and past, though often the voices we most want to hear are barely audible. --Laurel Thatcher Ulrich